With the announcement of Emmy nominations each year, question marks and eyebrows have been raised as some nominations are deemed unexpected.
Titles like “Ted Lasso,” “WandaVision” and “The Crown” dominated their respective categories this year, leaving little room for the competition that many believed they could surely find their way into this year’s winners.
On the flip side, there are a handful of nods that have shocked some, whether it be because of vocal aversion to a show or simply because it has gone completely under the radar.
With “The Crown” and “The Mandalorian” leading this year’s nominations, here’s a look at some of the biggest snags and surprises from the 2021 Emmys:
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“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was incredibly popular and received critical acclaim, but failed to land major nominations.
Stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan were seen as strong contenders, but both were left out in favor of Don Cheadle’s brief guest spot.
Peacock’s “Girls5eva” had a strong but small fan base for the musical and Renée Elise Goldsberry (nominated for “Hamilton”) was almost supposed to earn a name for the show, which was ruled out except for one name. of writing for creator Meredith Scardino.
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Ted Danson is a critical darling, having garnered 18 Emmy nominations during his career, taking two. His latest comedy “Mr. Mayor” was supposed to help him land another nod, but he was dropped from the list this year.
Nicole Kidman became a favorite in the television industry thanks to her turn on “Big Little Lies,” but her lead role in HBO’s “The Undoing” was completely blocked by the Academy. The only nomination the series won was a nod to star Hugh Grant, despite Kidman, Donald Sutherland, and the limited series as a whole winning Golden Globe names.
“Small Ax”, an anthology TV drama series, brought star John Boyega numerous awards and after winning a Golden Globe for his work, he was also to be honored by the Emmys, but the series was closed in outside.
Although she was widely criticized by critics, “Emily in Paris” earned some Golden Globes love with a pair of nominations, and it was widely seen as fluke – whether due to limited content thanks to the pandemic, controversy within the Hollywood Association foreign press or whatever. However, a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series – one of the year’s most prestigious awards – proves her love of awards was no fluke.
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“Cobra Kai” is another show which, despite its large and vocal audience, is not known to receive top reviews, so a nod to an outstanding comedy series certainly came as a surprise.
It’s no secret that “Hamilton” has been immensely popular in various forms since its Broadway debut, but it wasn’t expected to win nine nominations. Not only did he land two nominations in technical categories, but seven of those nods went to stars Goldsberry, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff and Anthony Ramos.
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“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was to earn more nominations than it made, and what certainly wasn’t expected was Cheadle’s nomination as a guest on the series. , making him one of the first Marvel actors to be nominated for major awards for their performance, alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn.
Maya Rudolph made waves last year when she won two Emmy Awards for playing Vice President Kamala Harris on “Saturday Night Live” and Connie the Hormone Monstress in “Big Mouth,” and she is lucky to doing it again this year, winning nominations for the same shows once again.
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Quibi is still in the game, earning eight nominations for his second season with the Television Academy. Actors Kevin Hart, John Travolta, John Lutz, JB Smoove, Nathalie Emmanuel, Paula Pell and Kerri Kenney-Silver each won short-lived actor category nominations, while the “Reno 911!” reboot was recognized in the Outstanding Short Comedy, Drama Series or Variety Series category.
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